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Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by china guy
Sichuan, China
Erythrogenys gravivox

Pomatorhinus gravivox
Megapomatorhinus gravivox


22 - 25 cm.

  • Crown and upperparts olive-brown
  • Face and flanks rufous-brown
  • Throat and belly white with intense dark spots or streaks on upper breast and black moustachial
  • Yellow eyes
  • Grey, curved bill
  • Pale brown legs

Sexes similar.

Similar species

Distinguished from Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler by dark spots on upper breast.


Found in south, central and east China, northeast Burma, north Laos and north Vietnam.
Common in parts of its range. Good sites for this species are the park at the base of Emei Mountain and the Panda Center at Bi Feng Xia in Sichuan.


This is a polytypic species[3] consisting of 5 subspecies.


  • E. g. odica:
  • Mountains of northeastern Myanmar to southern China (Yunnan), northern Laos and northwestern Tonkin
  • E. g. decarlei:
  • Mountains of southwestern China (Qinghai, southern Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan)
  • E. g. dedekensi:
  • Mountains of southwestern China (eastern Qinghai to northwestern Yunnan)
  • E. g. gravivox:
  • Central China (southern Gansu east to southern Shanxi, south to northern and northeastern Sichuan, western Henan and northwestern Hubei)
  • E. g. cowensae
  • Southern China (eastern Sichuan to southwestern Hubei and northern Guizhou)

It was formerly considered conspecific with Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Grey-sided Scimitar Babbler and Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler.


Undergrowth in open forest, forest edge, scrub-jungle, secondary growth, grass-jungle. Found from 200m up to 3800m.


Feeds on insects and vegetable matter.
Usually seen singly or in pairs, foraging near the ground. Extremely skulking and difficult to find but easy to hear.
Breeding season from March to June in most of its range. It builds a domed nest with a side entrance, of leaves, grasses and fibres which is placed on the ground or in a low bush. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.
Resident species.




  1. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422
  2. Rasmussen, PC and JC Anderton. 2005. Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334672
  3. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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